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Mean Machines

Mean Machines was a multi-format gaming magazine released between 1990 and 1992 in the United Kingdom. In the late 1980s Computer and Video Games (CVG) was largely covering the outgoing generation of 8-bit computers like the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and newly emerging 16-bit computers (the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga). Julian Rignall built upon an idea first conceived by C+VG contributor Tony Takoushi and launched a consoles-oriented section of the magazine called Mean Machines. The inaugural section was featured in the October 1987 issue of the magazine and largely covered games on 8-bit games systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega's Master System. It included features on newly emerging Japanese-only videogame systems such as the NEC and PC Engine.

Over the ensuing months, CVG increased its coverage of consoles and started off a 'Mean Machines Megaclub'. At the same time, a new import gaming marketplace started to emerge fuelled by gamers' demand for these new consoles. Small retailers in Britain began importing consoles and games directly from Japan, modified them for the UK market and sold them on.

Rignall and newly hired designer Gary Harrod spent two weeks planning the design, editorial tone and style, and published Mean Machines Issue Zero - a 16-page test version of the magazine that was used to elicit feedback from potential advertisers and readers. Only ten of these magazines were published, although a mini version was reprinted and given away free with Issue 15 of the magazine.

The first issue covered the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Amstrad GX4000 consoles. Within a few months the Amstrad was taken off the market due to poor sales, and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System replaced it in the magazine's focus, making MM a mainly Sega and Nintendo only magazine. Coverage was also given to other machines like the NeoGeo and PC Engine.

Following the lead of parent magazine CVG, Mean Machines covered both domestic and imported releases, meaning that the magazine could review titles that were months away from UK release. At the time, import gaming was more popular than it is now, as increased territory lockouts and swifter UK release dates have made import gaming a relatively niche market.

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Mean Machines - Issue 14 (1991-11)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, game, megadrive, super, swap, gameboy, sega, nintendo, nes, machines, master system, game...
Mean Machines - Issue 12 (1991-09)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, sega, game, gameboy, super, famicom, nintendo, lor, master system, super famicom,...
Mean Machines - Issue 20 (1992-05)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: super, games, game, megadrive, nes, console, sega, lor, mario, super nes, mega drive, game gear,...
Mean Machines - Issue 13 (1991-10)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, lor, game, super, sega, mario, nintendo, swap, master system, sega master, game...
Mean Machines - Issue 09 (1991-06)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: super, megadrive, games, famicom, gameboy, nintendo, sega, game, lor, super famicom, super mario,...
Mean Machines - Issue 16 (1992-01)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, super, game, sega, nintendo, gameboy, famicom, master, swap, master system, super...
Mean Machines - Issue 18 (1992-03)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, game, super, megadrive, gameboy, nintendo, machines, sega, sonic, famicom, master system,...
Mean Machines - Issue 02 (1990-11)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: megadrive, game, sega, games, console, nintendo, super, consoles, machines, master system, rainbow...
Mean Machines - Issue 11 (1991-08)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, sega, lor, super, game, nintendo, gameboy, phone, master system, sega master,...
Mean Machines - Issue 21 (1992-06)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: super, game, games, lor, megadrive, console, nes, machines, snes, super monaco, super nes, supreme...
Mean Machines - Issue 24 (1992-09)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: game, super, games, sonic, megadrive, sega, lor, nintendo, nes, super nes, street fighter, neo geo,...
Mean Machines - Issue 10 (1991-07)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, sega, game, super, megadrive, lor, nintendo, famicom, consoles, game gear, super famicom,...
Mean Machines - Issue 06 (1991-03)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, nintendo, sega, megadrive, game, lor, super, gameboy, machines, master system, super...
Mean Machines - Issue 15 (1991-12)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, sega, super, game, lor, famicom, nintendo, tor, master system, super famicom,...
Mean Machines - Issue 22 (1992-07)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: super, game, games, nes, nintendo, megadrive, tor, machines, lor, super nes, mail order, super...
Mean Machines - Issue 19 (1992-04)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: game, super, games, megadrive, console, nes, nintendo, lor, usa, super nes, master system, game...
Mean Machines - Issue 01 (1990-10)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: game, sega, megadrive, games, nintendo, arcade, lor, console, super, master system, sega megadrive,...
Mean Machines - Complete Games Guide (1992-05)(EMAP Images)(GB)[suppliment issue 20]
Topics: game, graphics, scrolling, gameplay, platform, conversion, shoot, arcade, overau, super, scrolling...
Mean Machines - Issue 08 (1991-05)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, megadrive, sega, lor, game, nintendo, famicom, gameboy, machines, super famicom, shadow...
Mean Machines - Issue 07 (1991-04)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: megadrive, games, sega, game, nintendo, super, famicom, machines, gameboy, console, super famicom,...
Mean Machines - Issue 05 (1991-02)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: games, nintendo, super, megadrive, mario, sega, game, famicom, machines, super famicom, super...
Mean Machines - Issue 04 (1991-01)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: sega, megadrive, games, super, game, nintendo, machines, console, gameboy, super famicom, master...
Mean Machines - Issue 03 (1990-12)(EMAP Images)(GB)
Topics: megadrive, sega, games, game, super, nintendo, console, consoles, gameboy, game gear, super...